Posts for: November, 2019
Seeing your doctor once a year could protect you from a host of health problems.
Do you only see your Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctor when there is a problem? If so, then you may want to start considering visiting our team of physicians once a year even when there is nothing wrong. These annual checkups provide you with valuable information about your current health status including any new or emerging health problems that may be reversible and managed with the proper care.
Here’s why everyone could benefit from getting an annual physical,
Get a Full Health Assessment
From lifestyle habits and family history to your age, there are many risk factors that could increase your risk of developing certain health conditions. Therefore, by coming into our clinic once a year for an annual checkup we can perform a wide range of screening tests including,
- Body mass index (BMI) to ensure that you are maintaining a healthy weight
- Blood pressure screenings
- Cholesterol screenings
- Glucose (blood sugar) screenings
- Osteoporosis screenings (especially important for women over age 65)
Many of these screening tools can help our doctors detect serious issues such as diabetes or heart disease early on before symptoms even appear. Through lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercise, and medication we can help you manage and control any chronic conditions.
Stay Up to Date on Vaccines
Vaccines are beneficial for both children and adults. Once you reach 18 years old you probably don’t think much about vaccines but adults should turn to their doctor to review their vaccine history and to find out if they could benefit from certain immunizations to prevent,
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B
Keep Your Medical Records Updated
It’s amazing how much your health can change in a year. By keeping your medical records up to date you ensure that you are getting the very best and most effective care from our team of primary care physicians whenever you step through our doors. By coming in once a year we can keep updated records on,
- Certain medications you are taking (or no longer taking)
- Lifestyle and social histories (e.g. smoking; alcohol consumption; sexual activity)
- Mental health
- Family history
Having updated medical records also means providing you with lifestyle and health recommendations, as well as screenings that could benefit you and reduce your risk for certain conditions.
With offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, Woodridge Clinic makes it easy for patients of all ages to get the preventive medical care they need. If it’s time for your annual physical exam then call our office today.
Learn how to treat these common chronic respiratory disorders.
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the two leading chronic respiratory diseases worldwide, and while these two diseases are different sometimes patients visiting our in Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctors show symptoms of both conditions. After all, those who are smokers, ex-smokers or older adults are more likely to deal with both asthma and COPD.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a long-term condition that causes inflammation and narrowing of the airways that makes it difficult to breathe. Those with asthma may deal with persistent coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath that is triggered by cold, stress, exercise, smoking, etc.
What is COPD?
COPD may refer to chronic bronchitis (a chronic cough that produces mucus) or emphysema (a condition that damages the lungs), both of which make it difficult to breathe. Smokers are more likely to develop COPD. Symptoms of COPD include,
- Needing to clear your throat every morning due to mucus
- A chronic, mucus-producing cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest tightness
- Unexpected weight loss
- Swelling in the feet or legs
How do you treat COPD and asthma?
COPD is progressive, meaning that it can get worse over time. If you are dealing with symptoms of COPD or asthma it’s important that you see a physician right away. Untreated asthma could lead to serious and potentially life-threatening flare-ups.
Asthma can be properly controlled with,
- Lifestyle changes (e.g. quitting smoking; avoiding triggers; using a HEPA air filter)
- Increasing aerobic exercise
- Monitoring lung function at home
- Taking a long-term daily inhaler to reduce inflammation
- Taking a short-acting inhaler when you feel symptoms of an attack flaring up
Since lung damage caused by COPD is permanent it’s important to see a doctor right away for treatment. COPD treatments include,
- Quitting smoking
- Avoiding exposure to outdoor pollutants
- Using supplemental oxygen
- Using corticosteroids, beta-blockers or bronchodilators to improve breathing
- Pulmonary rehab that includes creating nutritional, medical and exercise treatment plans
Woodridge Clinic has offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL. If you are dealing with asthma or COPD and want to discuss more effective treatment strategies to help you breathe better than call our office today to schedule an evaluation.